How to install Chrome OS for stable old configurations PC: Chromium OS

As a way of “reusing old hardware“, installing Chrome OS on an old computer may be quite an alternative operation. Compared with Fyde OS, installing Chrome OS in this way is more suitable for users who rely heavily on the Google ecosystem, and it can also satisfy those early adopters who want to try the original Chrome OS ecosystem.

Of course, for the general user who is the first time to contact mirror burning and system installation, the whole operation process is still slightly troublesome. If you encounter any problems during the operation, please leave a message in the comment area for discussion.

Reusing old computers: a complete Chrome OS installation guide

Many people should have a laptop or desktop computer that has been used for several years and has a slightly old configuration. If you do not consider second-hand sales, installing a lighter operating system for them is actually a good old-fashioned use technique.

I have introduced to you the method of installing Fyde OS on an ordinary PC. Although both Fyde OS and Chrome OS are based on the open-source Chromium OS, according to the agreement, Chromium OS does not include the Google Play framework service (this part is closed). Source), Android-based Google Play services are only available on Chrome OS. Therefore, if you rely heavily on Google services and want to experience the most authentic Chrome OS, there are few other options besides buying Chromebook devices.

Fortunately, some developers have recently implemented the steps to install the full version of Chrome OS on the PC. If you happen to have an idle low-profile old PC, you may wish to follow this article to install and experience it.

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The PC used for installation requires BIOS to support UEFI boot, so if it is a computer with very early hardware (earlier than 2011), it is basically impossible to install. The processor should preferably be an Intel processor and at least a third-generation Core After confirming that the device meets the conditions, prepare a U disk with at least 16GB of storage space to create a boot disk.

Make boot disk

First of all, we need to make a live USB based on a Debian-based Linux distribution, which can run the system through a U disk without performing the installation. Here I have selected the latest image of Ubuntu Mate that I am personally familiar with. Here I download it from its official website A 64-bit “ubuntu mate 20.04 LTS” image is installed.

The downloaded zip package unzip the bin rename the file rammus_recovery.bin(if you downloaded the “Samus” mirror, then rename it samus_recovery.bin), then copy files to the U disk Chrome OSfolder.

Finally, making brush to write the script, save the following command, of course, you can download friends Kedar Nimbalkar written script (if different image name, you need to modify the corresponding bin file name)

sudo apt-get update 
sudo apt-get install figlet 
sudo apt-get install pv 
sudo apt-get install cgpt 
sudo bash -src rammus_recovery.bin -dst /dev/sda

Finally, the saved install.shcopy files to the U disk Chrome OSfolder. At this point, all the documents that need to be prepared are completed.

Perform Chrome OS installation

Insert the U disk into the computer where Chrome OS needs to be installed, restart the computer and enter the BIOS, find the startup items in the BIOS, select the U disk drive as the first startup item, and then select Disable in the CSM and save.


Start and activate

Remove the boot U disk and turn on the PC. Here you will directly enter the Chrome OS boot page to start the boot, and then you can see the complete Chrome OS boot page and registration activation page.

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